Vicar's View: April 2nd

It' s surreal that I’m talking about food in this time of difficulty and the shops battling to maintain the stock levels on the shelves, when some people haven’t got the ability to go shopping because they are in isolation and relying on others to get supplies for them.But all this reminded me of feeding the 5000 thousand and the ability to provide more from less

Cricket and rugby have been an ongoing interest for most of my adult life. I’ve never played cricket in my adult years, but I have been a spectator.Think of cricket and you might also think about food. The game stops for lunch and tea and the world of cricket teas can be highly competitive.

Food is also associated with religious practices and traditions. It occurs to me that one thing missing from the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion is the tradition that an Anglican bring and share lunch must always include quiche. Recently I followed a particularly surreal debate on Facebook about the purpose of quiche in the Church of England, with one witty comment that we should offer each other the quiche of peace.Food is a key theme in chapter 6 of John’s Gospel.  It starts at the level of physical hunger, where Jesus feeds 5,000 hungry people.

  In John’s Gospel the miracles, or as John calls them, signs, are a starting point for a discourse from Jesus. So, the feeding of the 5,000 leads into a discourse about spiritual hunger and nourishment.  So, in this discourse the audience asks Jesus to give them the bread from heaven that he had been talking about, thinking that they will receive something like the loaves that they had just been eating.

   With our society operating in a different way, shops closed, many people off work, children being schooled from home, we need to be aware God is with us through our pain our frustration and our grief. There’s a message here for us, which is that we should be aware of God’s presence in all the mundane, ordinary and unremarkable parts of life.God isn’t always going to make his presence felt with bells and whistles and life changing experiences.

John Lennon once said: ‘life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.’ In other words, if we are too focussed on seeking or expecting something dramatic and attention grabbing, we are likely to miss what’s there all the time.

And God is always there. If we’re not careful we can go through life missing the glory of God that surrounds us every day, or we can disconnect our everyday routines, even if there different at this time, from God.

Use this as a time to reflect on and pray about our response to being drawn by God.

Every blessing and stay safe.

Rick Tett